Which one of these featherweight scooters is better on paper?
TVS’ latest BS6-compliant scooter is the Scooty Zest 110, launched just last week. In its segment, the scooter goes head-to-head against another lightweight scooter, the Hero Pleasure Plus. Here’s how they fare against each in terms of specifications.
The TVS Scooty Zest 110 and the Hero Pleasure Plus BS6 have more or less the same torque output but the Pleasure is slightly more powerful and the peak power arrives a tad early in the rev range. This should translate into brisk performance. However, it is heavier than the Scooty Zest. So theoretically, the Scooty Zest 110 should be the sprightlier one. TVS’ Ecothrust Fuel Injection technology promises better mileage, rideability and refinement too. On the other hand, the X-Sens Fuel Injection technology in the Hero Pleasure Plus is claimed to offer 10 percent better mileage and 10 percent improved acceleration over the BS4-compliant version.
The TVS Scooty Zest 110 fares better in the suspension department thanks to the telescopic front fork which should ensure supple ride quality than the dated bottom link shock absorber in the Hero Pleasure Plus BS6. However, when it comes to braking, TVS, for some reason has offered a smaller front brake. This could be because of the (incorrect) trend where riders are reluctant to use too much of the front brake fearing the possibility of skidding.
On the other hand, Hero has equipped the Pleasure with the same sized drum on both ends for optimal braking prowess. There’s an optional alloy wheel variant for a more premium appeal too.
The slightly longer wheelbase of the TVS Scooty Zest 110 should ensure better straight line stability. Shorter riders will appreciate the TVS Scooty’s accessible seat. TVS is yet to update the kerb weight of the BS6 model but the BS4-compliant version weighed 97kg kerb, making it the lightest in the segment. We’ve already reached out to TVS regarding the weight, but that said, expect it to weigh a couple of kilos more than the BS4 version.
As far as features are concerned, the Zest gets a largest-in-segment (claimed) 19-litre underseat storage with an optional USB charging port. There’s an apron-mounted storage compartment with a utility hook too. The USB charging port in the Pleasure is on the apron and the underseat storage gets a LED light for an extra dose of practicality. While the two scooters get a halogen headlamp, the LED DRL on the Zest adds to the premium appeal. The Scooty Zest 110 is also available in a variant called the Himalayan Highs Series. It features a unique blue colour scheme, blacked-out interior panels and seat cover, and sporty stickers on the body panels.
Price & Verdict
All in all, the TVS Scooty Zest comes with a nice balance of practicality and features, albeit at a small premium over the Pleasure. If you’re looking for a lightweight, agile scooter for city runabouts, the TVS Scooty Zest 110 makes sense. If you’re looking for a slightly more stylish chrome-laden city runabout, then the Hero Pleasure is an ideal choice.